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We are concerned about security situation in and around Ukraine: Polish FM

On Thursday Poland’s Foreign Minister, Zbigniew Rau, voiced his “deep concerns” about the situation around Ukraine, during his visit in Kyiv for security talks in his capacity as current chairman of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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The Polish Foreign Minister’s opinion on the issue

During his visit the Polish FM said that the OSCE has mechanisms to support dialogue and cooperation in Ukraine’s conflict with Russia.

“We are deeply concerned about the security situation in and around Ukraine, both in the Donetsk basin and in face of the Russian military presence near the Ukrainian border and in Belarus,” the head of the Polish Foreign Ministry said after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba.

He added that he planned to “encourage the countries involved in this conflict to seek a common platform.”

Minister Rau pointed out that Poland saw the OSCE’s involvement in resolving the conflict peacefully as a priority, and announced that he was going to Russia next week for further talks.

Poland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau (L) and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba attend a joint news conference in Kyiv, Photo: PAP/EPA/VALENTYN OGIRENKO

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Ukrainian FM speaks up about Russian aggression

In turn the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba, stressed that Russia should end its aggression in Donbass and implement the Minsk agreements.

After the meeting with Minister Rau, Mr Kuleba said that Russia should be pressured to stop its aggressive actions in eastern Ukraine. He emphasised that there is one state among the OSCE member states that carries out criminal aggression against another OSCE member state – that is Russia.

He added that there is also only one state in the OSCE that is currently leading to a military escalation on land and sea, and that too is Russia.

The Ukrainian FM also pointed out that Russia has been lying about its role in the conflict since the beginning of the military action in Donbass. Mr Kuleba stated that Moscow continues to claim that less than 3 percent of Ukraine’s territory has been fighting against the rest of the country for 8 years and they have not run out of ammunition, tanks and troops. “This is an absurdity and manipulation of the basic rules of the OSCE and a lie,” head of Ukrainian diplomacy said.

Dmytro Kuleba concluded his statement by addressing the Polish FM with a request for the OSCE to prepare a report on Russia’s illegal issuance of passports in Donbass.

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